Europe continues to be the major market. About 270 MW has been added this year, with Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands accounting for nearly all the new capacity. Spain, though, could well knock these three off their long held perch before 2000. India remains the world's third largest national market, behind Germany and Denmark, with the fastest rate of growth in 1996. China is looking more dynamic. In the US the market remains static. Although some MW has gone in the ground there this year, operating capacity continues to drop as power purchase contracts in California expire and machines are retired. Of the new markets, Australia is beginning to stir and Denmark's environmental trade delegation to Argentina last month looks set to give wind a boost.
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